Txtng. The Gr8 Db8. David Crystal. The world’s best known linguist takes a hard look at txtng; He comes up with some surprising and. Txting: the gr8 db8 by David Crystal. A linguist finds text messaging nothing to fear, discovers Tom Lamont. Tom Lamont. Sat 10 Oct Txtng has ratings and 52 reviews. Tim said: This book is not written by a cranky old man, an exasperated teacher, nor a giggly 15 year old girl twitt.

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And if it is providing benefits, we need to know how to build on them. This is clearly not a poem written by db88 who doesn’t know how to use the language properly. Others find the abbreviations used in text messaging to be a bastardization and degradation of the language.

Dec 05, Gary rated it really liked it Shelves: The author also insists that there is no proof that texting has hurt classroom literacy rates. Don’t let that “the gr8 db8” subtitle fool you – there’s very little in the wa To tell you the truth, the only part of this book I found truly useful is an appendix listing a significant number of English text abbreviations.

Nov 16, Sinead rated it liked it. Back in when internet chatrooms were fairly new, an asocial geek in my honors English class wrote a paper on the validity of an exciting new type of language that was cropping up in chatrooms where people were regularly using abbreviated phrases like LOL laugh out loudROFL rolling on floor laughingand TTFN ta ta for now. Txtng helps cb8 appreciate the medium’s potential sophistication and become less fearful of negative consequences.

Besides these really cool, yet random factoids, David Crystal spends a great deal of time explaining all of the aspects of language found in texting – rebuses, initalisms, igograms, etc. All these issues need a thoroughgoing exploration. They are destroying it: Words and phrases are shortened to meet the character limits of text messaging as well as to speed up the process of texting.

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May 11, Julia rated it really liked it. All the popular beliefs about texting are wrong, or at least debatable. Didn’t talk much about the impact of texting on the developing world, but one can’t have everything!

Jun 05, Casey rated it it was ok. I remember going through summers when I was younger without ever picking up a pen or pencil.

Hr8 you find alternate spellings and language play to be annoying, this book might open your eyes to the creative side of it. This is basically a scholarly paper arguing that texting is in fact a path toward greater literacy and not a collective slide into functional illiteracy.

Txtng: The Gr8 Db8

Why do They do it? In his new book, TxtngDavid Crystal takes vb8 the h8ers who want to know why kids these days are too lazy to use vowels. A Linguist in the Wild. Return to Book Page. Some students have a hard time communicating face to face so texting allows for a less-stressful situation for these types of students. It is not a bad thing.

Book Review: Txtng, The Gr8 Db8 – A Linguist in the Wild

My attitude could be summed up as ambivalent to weary. Crystal, a world renowned linguist and pr Text messaging has spread like wildfire. Data is collected either via survey or from random quotes.

Were all these abbreviations, initialisations and smiley faces fatally corrupting the English language? Fr8 primary argument is that texting uses shorthand but does not alter the sentence structure.

It all adds up to a jolly meditation, helped by the enthusiasm of a linguist revelling in newly coined lingo. December 2, Entertaining enough, did not rock my world.

Book Review: Txtng, The Gr8 Db8

I try to stay ahead of the crowd when it comes to technology, but I have resisted text messaging – and cell phones in general – for some time now. The English language as we once knew it is out the window, and replacing it is this hip and cool slang-induced language, obsessed with taking the vowels out of words and spelling fonetikally.

The Gr8 Db8 by David Crystal. In this humorous, level-headed and insightful book, David Crystal argues that the panic over texting is misplaced.


Might people forget how to communicate without a keypad? Perhaps in a few db years when there are more studies done there will be a better book to come along from him. I am writing all this in order to give you my overall perspective on texting prior to reading this book. My bank balance would have started to grow with the arrival in the G8 Ages of printing, thought by many to be the invention of the devil because it would put all kinds of false opinions into people’s minds.

Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. It’s texting that happens in inappropriate settings that really gets to me. The book discusses texting from a linguistic standpont. Text messages and instant messenger programs have spawned a variety of abbreviations and shortcuts that are sneaking into everyday English. The same is not true in the U. However, a lot can be learned about the origin and early years of texting, and should still be of interest to those who wish to look into it in more detail, who want to know more about texting as a phenomenon, ge8 who enjoy Crystal’s work.

Crystal points out that 1 similar phenomena have exi The book discusses texting from a linguistic standpont. Believe it or not, the non-English abbreviations. Text messaging is certainly not the first place we’ve seen such language usage. The book seemed to go on forever and sometimes repeated the same information and research over and over again.

He also put a great deal of effort into researching the global texting phenomenon and even compiled textims from 11 other languages. Academic Skip to main content.

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